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NRCS Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series

NRCS Conservation Practices on Cropland

This monthly webinar series highlights recent outcomes, emerging opportunities, and conservation tools and data developed to assist with conservation planning and impact and efficiency assessment. The series illustrates the scope of Farm Bill conservation efforts on privately owned croplands, forests, and rangelands; documents the conservation achievements and outcomes of those efforts; and shows the utility of science-based outcomes for helping inform future conservation delivery.

These one-hour, live webinars will occur every fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) via Adobe Connect at


Thursday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. ET – Tillage Management and Structural Conservation Practices: CEAP-2 Report on Changes in Adoption Rates.

For about 17 years, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been evaluating tillage management system and structural practice adoption, effects, and trends on cropland through the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). The first farmer surveys for the project took place in 2003-2006 (CEAP-1). Now, data from a second farmer survey conducted in 2013-2016 (CEAP-2) are available to compare how practice adoption has changed over time on cropland. In this webinar, the presenter will compare tillage management practices and structural conservation practices in use by growers in 2013-2016 to those in use in 2003-2006 to evaluate changes in practice adoption between the two time periods.

This webinar will highlight the trends in practice adoption in the contiguous U.S. for:

  • Tillage systems, nationally and regionally
  • Tillage systems by major crops, nationally and regionally
  • Structural practices, nationally and regionally
  • Tillage systems and structural practice adoption by land vulnerability to losses of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides.

Tillage management system practices include conventional tillage, no-till, and conservation tillage; structural conservation practices include buffer strips, filters, terraces, contour farming, and strip cropping.

Approaches to tillage management and structural conservation practices used by growers have shifted significantly between the two periods, with the trend toward less tillage and more comprehensive cropland conservation treatment. Information presented will include conservation plan data from NRCS field offices.

The presenter will be Lee Norfleet, USDA NRCS, CEAP-Cropland Component Leader. Closed captioning is available. Add to my calendar.

Questions? Contact Bob Sowers at

  • Thursday, July 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – To be determined.

Past Webinars:

  • Thursday, May 28, 3:00 p.m. ET – Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Outcomes on America’s Western Grazing Lands with NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife - Archived webinar.